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Ruby Tuesday Too: Trust

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A sign outside a church building in Exeter, California.
 
Photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blue Shirt


Every Sunday for forty years, my father
would choose the same blue shirt
to wear to church.
The cloth faded and grew thin
and some of the buttons
went missing.
(You’d think he had no money.)
Almost as an afterthought
he’d put on a tattered tie, then walk
two blocks to the Methodist Church.
Easing his bony frame down
onto the unpadded wood pew,
he’d wink and say, “I’m sure the Lord doesn’t care
what I look like, but only that I’ve come—
and here I am.”
Now, six weeks after his funeral,
I hug his empty blue shirt
and long to hear him say once more,
“Here I am.”

 

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
NOTE: This poem is almost entirely the product of my imagination. Any resemblances to my own life are purely coincidental.
 
   
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Blue Monday: Greeting

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A Christmas greeting on the door of a church nursery, Yuma County, Arizona
  


Merry Christmas, everyone!

  
Photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
 

Blue Monday: Snowman

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Holiday decorations at a Yuma County, Arizona church
  


The snowman wears a blue hat.
He thinks it burns up his fat.
The poor guy is wrong,
But he’s so headstrong
You can’t convince him of that!

  
Limerick and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
  
  
  
 

Flood

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Detail of a carpet in a church in Wellton, Arizona
 


If a mighty flood should come,
Sweeping through the church’s doors,
Carpets would be overwhelmed
As would all the parquet floors.
 
When the mighty flood subsides,
Just as in the Bible lore,
There will come an olive branch
From the One who makes waves roar.

 
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Flood”

Hearts

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A table decoration lies aslant after a sweetheart dinner at an Arizona church.
  


The dinner party’s over,
The hearts are all askew;
It’s time to clear the tables—
Bring on the busser crew!
 
They love to clear the tables,
They know there will be tips;
But you and I, my valentine,
Shall feed our hungry lips!

   
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
   
   
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Love”

Valentine

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A table decoration for a sweetheart dinner at an Arizona church
  


I gave my love a basket
(A funny valentine!),
And asked my love to fill it
With chocolate and with wine.
 
Alas, my love had nothing
Except the best of will,
And so my basket’s empty,
But yet I love him still.

   
Photo and poem © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
   
   
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Love”

Meditation

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Christmas tree made of ribbons on a church bulletin board, Yuma County, Arizona
 


under the yule tree
an hour of meditation
to restore my soul

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Enough

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Decorative candles on a church wall, Yuma County, Arizona
 


only a candle
to drive away the darkness
but it is enough

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Contemplation

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Corn husk Madonna and Child in a Yuma County, Arizona church
 


in the season’s rush
taking time to contemplate
how a mother loves

 
Haiku and photo © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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